Police seek ‘lucky’ burglar

Published 12:59 pm Thursday, November 19, 2009

A winning lottery ticket could be the key to a burglary that took place in October, and police are looking for help in finding the lucky winner.

According to police reports, a burglar broke in to the Holiday Food store in the 3600 block of Pruden Blvd. at about 6 a.m. Oct. 18. The only thing the burglar stole was lottery tickets.

About 40 minutes after the burglary, a black male entered a Kangaroo Express located in the 2800 block of Pruden Blvd. and cashed in a winning scratch ticket in a transaction that was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras, according to Suffolk spokesperson Debbie George.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the subject from Kangaroo Express. He had dreadlocks and was wearing a gray jacket at the time that he cashed in the lottery ticket. Video from the burglary scene indicated that the suspect may have been operating a silver or light green, late-model Chevy S-10 Blazer or GMC Jimmy.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the man cashing in the lottery ticket should contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. Crime Line callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. If a caller’s information leads to an arrest, the caller can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.